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Reverend Kate Bottley and Strictly’s Ian Waite strip off for life-drawing class

We  have all heard of priests being defrocked.

But Reverend Kate Bottley has given the term another meaning after she and Strictly Come Dancing star Ian Waite have both disrobed for a new BBC programme in which they pose as life models.

They are part of what the broadcaster is billing as the ‘UK’s largest ever live, life drawing masterclass’, which will air across BBC2 and BBC4 next Sunday night.

Reverend Kate Bottley – star of Googlebox –  has given ‘priests being defrocked’ another meaning after she h disrobed for a new BBC programme

Kae is part of what the broadcaster is billing as the 'UK's largest ever live, life drawing masterclass', which will air across BBC2 and BBC4 next Sunday night.

Kae is part of what the broadcaster is billing as the ‘UK’s largest ever live, life drawing masterclass’, which will air across BBC2 and BBC4 next Sunday night.

Kate was joined by Strictly Come Dancing Professional Iain  Waite, who stripped down to a purple tunic as he posed in a Birmingham Paek

Kate was joined by Strictly Come Dancing Professional Iain  Waite, who stripped down to a purple tunic as he posed in a Birmingham Paek

Life Drawing Live! is aimed at encouraging people to take part in life drawing.

The Rev Bottley and Mr Waite's segments of the show were filmed in Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park.

Life Drawing Live! is aimed at encouraging people to take part in life drawing. The Rev Bottley and Mr Waite’s segments of the show were filmed in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park.

Life Drawing Live! is aimed at encouraging people to take part in life drawing.

The Rev Bottley and Mr Waite’s segments of the show were filmed in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park.

Pictures from the filming show the 46-year-old, part-time Church of England priest, who found fame for her role on Channel 4’s Gogglebox, lying on a chaise lounge with a blue piece of blue fabric draped over her.

Mr Waite, 50, is seen posing with a purple piece of material covering his middle.

In the programme, artist Adebanji Alade will be seen encouraging the public to draw the two celebrities in a series of poses.

Kate Bottley said: ‘The film for Life Drawing Live! was fun and empowering to be part of.

Pictures from the filming show the 46-year-old, part-time Church of England priest, who found fame for her role on Channel 4's Gogglebox, lying on a chaise lounge with a blue piece of blue fabric draped over her

Pictures from the filming show the 46-year-old, part-time Church of England priest, who found fame for her role on Channel 4’s Gogglebox, lying on a chaise lounge with a blue piece of blue fabric draped over her

Kate said that filming the show was 'empowering'  and that she felt 'safe among friends' and not 'nervous or vulnerable'

Kate said that filming the show was ’empowering’  and that she felt ‘safe among friends’ and not ‘nervous or vulnerable’ 

The Reverend said she wasn't expected to f eel such a connection to the people drawing her - she is pictured posing in the park

The Reverend said she wasn’t expected to f eel such a connection to the people drawing her – she is pictured posing in the park

‘I expected to feel nervous and vulnerable, it wasn’t like that. I felt safe and amongst friends. 

‘What I wasn’t expecting was to feel such a connection to the people drawing me. It was the perfect socially distanced group activity! 

‘And the drawings were a joy.’ Ian Waite added.

‘I’ve always been into drawing, even at school I was known as the artist! I think drawing can transport you to another place and be very therapeutic, so I was delighted to model for Life Drawing Live!’ 

The Gogglebox star, pictured on a chaise lounge, added that life drawing is the ' as the perfect socially distanced group activity'

The Gogglebox star, pictured on a chaise lounge, added that life drawing is the ‘ as the perfect socially distanced group activity’

When the show airs, BBC2 viewers will watch amateur artist celebrities creating their pieces of art, while experts will help with advice

When the show airs, BBC2 viewers will watch amateur artist celebrities creating their pieces of art, while experts will help with advice

Viewers wishing to have a go at drawing along from home will be able to watch BBC4 which will offer a 'Pose Cam' which will offer a 'fixed-camera view' of the model's poses

Viewers wishing to have a go at drawing along from home will be able to watch BBC4 which will offer a ‘Pose Cam’ which will offer a ‘fixed-camera view’ of the model’s poses

Adebanji Alade said: ‘It was great to have Kate and Ian as models for the day and I loved the way they engaged and interacted with the public.

‘The vibe on the day was simply amazing, watching people from all walks of life take a step of courage to try out life drawing was a great sight.

‘I’m a great advocate for everyone picking up a pencil and paper to try out drawing. I believe we all have the ability and capacity to do it and enjoy it.’ 

When the show airs, BBC2 viewers will watch amateur artist celebrities creating their pieces of art, while experts will help with advice.

Those taking part will then be asked to upload their efforts while the show is airing, with some getting feedback during the programme. Kate is pictured before stripping off

Those taking part will then be asked to upload their efforts while the show is airing, with some getting feedback during the programme. Kate is pictured before stripping off

Strike a pose! The Reverend looked at ease as she slipped off into just a purple tunic in Birmingham's Cannon Park

Strike a pose! The Reverend looked at ease as she slipped off into just a purple tunic in Birmingham’s Cannon Park

The programme, which will air on the two channels from 9pm-11pm on Sunday, will be hosted by comedian, presenter and artist Joe Lycett. Iain Waite is pictured on the show

The programme, which will air on the two channels from 9pm-11pm on Sunday, will be hosted by comedian, presenter and artist Joe Lycett. Iain Waite is pictured on the show

Viewers wishing to have a go at drawing along from home will be able to watch BBC4 which will offer a ‘Pose Cam’ which will offer a ‘fixed-camera view’ of the model’s poses.

Those taking part will then be asked to upload their efforts while the show is airing, with some getting feedback during the programme.

The programme, which will air on the two channels from 9pm-11pm on Sunday, will be hosted by comedian, presenter and artist Joe Lycett.

 Life Drawing Live! will be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four this Sunday 12th September at 9pm-11pm

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